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Hiking in Hongkong or China for Beginners

Hiking in Hongkong or China for Beginners

  We think it’s best to put Hongkong at the end of your China trip, since it’s likely you’ll get a cultural shock when doing it the other way round. Hongkong is China, but it’s still completely different. Must be the British influence, that’s still lingering around. It’s much easier. Starting with the language, English is present everywhere, on street signs, busses, trams, on menus in restaurants, in shops… And most people speak it, too, and quite well. So no…

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Chepstow Castle and the start of Offa’s Dyke Path

Chepstow Castle and the start of Offa’s Dyke Path

  After a few days of sweet relaxing and idling  in Swansea it’s getting serious again. We’re in Chepstow and about to start our next hike – and this time we’re not only doing it for fun, but to be included into the National Trail’s hall of fame. So we got ourselves two Completion Cards from the Tourist Information, which we will have to fill with stamps from different locations along the way. So no shortcuts and cheating with public…

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Hiking the Southwest Coast Path: 12 things to do to make the most of it

Hiking the Southwest Coast Path: 12 things to do to make the most of it

  We’ve successfully accomplished the first leg of our long journey: We’re done with the Southwest Coast Path. The weather changed again, it was grey and rainy, so we hopped on a bus directly to Minehead, the official start/end point of the trail. After 16 days we feel it’s time for something new. Wales, in our case. But before that, we’re gonna stay a while in Swansea to visit some of Henry’s family and relax our sore muscles. We had good times…

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Bude to Ilfracombe – Bingo!

Bude to Ilfracombe – Bingo!

  We’ve said Goodbye to Cornwall and to our last fellow walker, Dennis, in Bude and got on a bus that brought us to Clovelly in North Devon. Clovelly is a peculiar little village. The first town I’ve been to where I had to pay an entrance fee. It’s been conserved beautifully, with cobbled streets and century old buildings. The streets are so steep, that they can’t be used by cars, so everything has to be brought there with sleys….

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Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island

  Miyajima is a small island, just over half an hour by train plus a ten minute ferry ride away from Hiroshima. It’s home to the famous “floating gate”, several shrines and temples (Daisho-in must be one of the most beautiful temples we’ve seen so far, the location on the foot of the mountain, and so many little gems to discover, it’s just adorable) and Mount Misen, which is great hiking terrain. Like Nara, a lot of tame deer run around freely…

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Temple Run Buddha’s Bidding – Kyoto and Nara

Temple Run Buddha’s Bidding – Kyoto and Nara

  Out now, the new real-life version of Temple Run. Your mission: see as many temples, shrines, gardens and groves as possible in Kyoto and Nara. We gave it a try. Here’s what we found:   Level one: The Southern Higashiyama Walk First challenge: Wandering around crowded Kiyomizu-dera. We won a bonus and got a free tour by three Japanese girls, students from Osaka who want to practice their English by guiding foreign tourists. We mastered the walk through pitch black Tainai-me-guri, and…

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